I'm looking for someone that can true/tune/adjust a model T wire rim
Jeffrey Hartling/ Indianapolis
Here are three past threads that may help:
It is not that hard to straighten the wheels if you can tighten and loosen spokes on a bicycle rim to straighten. Same principal except that you have to use an ox/acc torch to tighten and loosen. So if you are doing this it is best to un-mount the tire and plan on re-painting the wheel. I start with the the ones that need tightening. Heat the whole spoke up concentrating on a small area at one end or the other. Get the whole spoke hot, not red and one little spot red, use a very wet rag and cool the red spot fast. Theory is that you give the spoke a place to compress (red area) and lengthen the whole spoke (when you heat it) compressing the red area, freeze the compressed area by cooling it. When the whole spoke cools it will be shorter and it will be tighter. A tight spoke can be loosened by just heating a small spot red with out getting the whole spoke hot ,you may even need use a wet rag on the spoke when you heat that spot. That spot will stretch, loosening the spoke. In most cases, you will never need to loosen one. I mount the wheel on a hub/ spindle where I could turn it and used a dial indicator to see where it needed adjustment. If you get it to .060, that's pretty good, but with patients you can get it very close say .010. One word of caution, make sure the hub you are turning it on is straight!!
I know a guy with tons of experience in SoCal. Did mine, I believe he does Leno's wheels too. Learned the craft from his grandfather Family owned service from the 20's.